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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

Deborah Willis and Lorna Simpson in conversation at Brooklyn Museum

(Look at these gorgeous women! Okay, and brilliant, too. Alright, New Yorkers—make sure this event sells out!)
Thursday, March 10, 2011
7 p.m.

Brooklyn Museum
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Join Lorna Simpson, artist and photographer, and Deborah “Deb” Willis, MacArthur Fellow and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts [...]

Posing Beauty @ Newark Museum

Posing Beauty:
African-American Images
from the 1890s to the Present
Extraordinary Photography Exhibition at the Newark Museum
from February 2 through April 28, 2011
NEWARK: Posing Beauty: African-American Images from the 1890s to the Present, a photography exhibition that explores the ways in which African and African- American beauty has been represented in the media historically and in contemporary times, opens at [...]

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Progeny Two: Deb Willis & Hank Willis Thomas + Fo Wilson & Dayo @ The Light Factory

Progeny Two: Deb Willis & Hank Willis Thomas + Fo Wilson & DayoOctober 8, 2010 – January 23, 2011
Opening Friday October 8, 2010
Gantt Center for African Americam Arts + Culture
Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas – mother and son – collaborate with Fo Wilson and her son Dayo Harewood for Progeny Two which opens to [...]

Review of “In My Father’s House,” Pittsburgh

(This looks like a really interesting show—I want that banquette, Cheryl!—but, really, where are the copy editors??? “Cary May Weems?” These kinds of things are just so lazy and easily remedied. Also, I can’t recall ever reading an exhibitions manager quoted as calling an exhibition in her venue “neat.” I guess I can’t ever shrug [...]

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break November 11, 2011
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
    • A New Mission for Aperture? November 11, 2011
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine November 11, 2011
      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

  • "Dedicated to the real photographers of the world—to those who, with their second-hand equipment and their makeshift darkrooms, are today fighting their solitary battles with their recalcitrant medium, not for money or for glory, but because they would rather make pictures than anything else in the world." - William Mortensen
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